Gregg Berhalter ‘set to open new contract talks with USMNT at end of Qatar World Cup exit… but coach is considering European club opportunities before committing to national team’
- Gregg Berhalter’s contract is set to expire after USA’s World Cup exit
- But talks between him and US Soccer about a new deal are set to begin
- However, Berhalter is also said to be ‘exploring’ opportunities at European clubs
- His USA team finished second in Group B before losing to Holland in the Round of 16
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USA soccer coach Gregg Berhalter may sign a new deal with US Soccer to remain in his position, according to a new report.
While Berhalter’s current contract expires at the end of the year, ESPN reports that the USSF will soon begin discussions with him for a new deal.
The coach was hired on December 2, 2018, after a squad led by Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena in CONCACAF qualifying failed to qualify for that year’s World Cup.
Gregg Berhalter may remain in charge of the USMNT as contract talks draw to a close
Berhalter put them back on the world stage, as they ultimately fell 3-1 to Holland in the Round of 16 last weekend after navigating a group with Wales, England and Iran.
If the 49-year-old receives a new deal to coach the USA, he will likely be in charge for the 2026 World Cup to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Talks too reported to be well underway for the USA to be part of the 2024 Copa America.
However, Berhalter’s stay in the USA is not a certainty.
ESPN cited a source who was ‘acknowledged to be very early in the process,’ while other sources told the outlet that Berhalter was interested in ‘exploring’ club opportunities in Europe.
A spokesperson for US Soccer declined to comment on the DailyMail.com report.
Holland defeated the USMNT en route to a 3-1 knockout win last weekend in Qatar
Berhalter has both coaching and playing experience there, as he coached Swedish side Hammarby from 2011 to 2013.
He also spent time abroad with German clubs Energie Cottbus and 1860 Munich, as well as England’s Crystal Palace.
Berhalter’s USMNT qualified for the World Cup after winning the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup titles, and finished third in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying behind Canada and Mexico.
The USA reached the Round of 16 by drawing Wales and England and defeating Iran.